Did You Know?
The programme started life as a French children's TV series "Le Manège Enchanté" (The Magic Roundabout). Dougal the Dog was named Pollux in the original French version and spoke French with a strong English accent. The animation was done by Ivor Wood
who later went on to animate The Herbs
, The Wombles
, _"Paddington" (1975)_ and Postman Pat
. Eric Thompson
was asked to narrate a translation of the French script, but chose instead to discard the French script and devise his own stories, based purely on what was happening on-screen. See more
Referenced in Bill Bailey: Bewilderness